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NBA teams have desire to exact revenge on Steph Curry, Draymond Green

NBA teams have desire to exact revenge on Steph Curry, Draymond Green

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Warriors are getting the iciest plate of comeuppance this season.

For the last five seasons, the Warriors have torched the league. Dancing and shimmying their way over countless NBA corpses en route to five straight trips to the NBA Finals. 

It's a different feel this season. Kevin Durant is gone and Klay Thompson likely will miss the season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Steph Curry broke his hand just four games into the season and will be re-evaluated in February. The Warriors' roster has gone from star-studded world beaters to a collection of rookies and reclamation projects for head coach Steve Kerr to mold into a competitive team.

After years at the top, other NBA teams are loving rubbing the Warriors' nose in their misery.

"It got old with the antics," one Pacific Division player told Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher. "Now that they've come back to reality, you want to beat the hell out of them and see Steph with that towel over his head in the fourth [quarter]. ... But the team now isn't the Warriors. [You're not going to punish] Glenn Robinson III and D'Angelo Russell. This is about Steph and Draymond."

Of the Warriors remaining in the dynastic rubble, Curry and Draymond Green are the guys who players and executives want to deliver the sweet taste of revenge to. 

"Steph," an Eastern Conference vice president told Bucher. "Shimmies. The mouthguard. (Curry has it habitually hanging out of his mouth.) The list is endless."

Then, there's Green.

"Dray, because he's not as good," the Pacific Division rival told Bucher.

[RELATED: Source: Warriors dispute report Steph's season likely over]

As the Warriors look to rebuild quickly this season, both Curry and Green will have to take their lumps, something Curry is familiar with from his first few years with the Warriors.

But there is no doubt the Warriors will be keeping track of who runs up the score on them and will be looking to deliver their own vengeance once fully healthy.

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Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green and Charles Barkley are about to be on the same team.

The Warriors forward and NBA Hall of Famer will be part of a panel on TNT's new show "The Arena," which will debut July 20.

Draymond and Barkley -- who have attacked each other publicly over the years -- will be joined by host Cari Champion and 2006 NBA Finals MVP, Dwyane Wade.

"The cinematic features will examine the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, systemic racial injustices and the changing landscape of society since the NBA postponed play through the point of view of players, NBA teams, their fans and communities," per a press release. "The five-part series will also include contributions from leading voices in sports and entertainment, such as renowned journalist Jemele Hill, rapper and activist Killer Mike, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Lesley Chilcott, among others."

Some very serious conversations will be had, so it'll be interesting to see if Draymond and Barkley address and/or laugh at their past beef.

[RELATED: Barkley fires back at Draymond by using boy band analogy]

It's possible they avoid it altogether and solely focus on the much more important topics at hand.

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Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright will say anything to try to buttress his belief that LeBron James is the best basketball player of all time.

And the very opinionated TV personality went to the extreme Monday on his Fox Sports 1 morning show "First Things First."

"I'm making a proclamation today. Everyone always tries to say, 'Six rings, six rings -- LeBron can't be the greatest ever until he has six rings.' It's a facile argument but I'll engage in it for this moment," he said. "We all know LeBron officially-unofficially got credit for two rings when he came from 3-1 down and beat a 73-win (Warriors) team -- sent Draymond (Green) crying to his car to call Kevin Durant. So right now he's at four.

"Before the stoppage happened, the Lakers were playing their best ball of the season. They get thrown off course, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is able to get healthy, other things happen that make it harder. Then they lose (Avery) Bradley, now they've lost (Rajon) Rondo.

"When they win the title this year, it counts as another two -- which means LeBron and (Michael) Jordan will both have six rings."

Yes, this actually happened.

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Conventional wisdom says Wright was 100 percent kidding, and simply got on his soapbox for entertainment purposes. But with him, he probably just was 97 percent joking.

And since Wright mentioned Draymond, here is a friendly reminder: In the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.8 turnovers the first four games. Then, everything changed when Draymond was suspended for Game 5. Over the final three games of the series, LeBron averaged 36.3 points, 9.7 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

[RELATED: Draymond reveals team he sees as favorite to win NBA title]

It also didn't help that Andrew Bogut missed Games 6 and 7, and that Harrison Barnes went 5-for-32 from the field over the final three games. But we digress. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the series and that's a scientific fact.

You want another fact? LeBron has won three championships and he will have four if the Los Angeles Lakers capture this season's title in Orlando.

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